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Spring means onset of wildfires – Wildfire training held at CFD

Clare Fire Captain Chad Michels and Training Officer, Alan Zebrowski, thank  Jeff Vasher and Steve Schummer from the DNR for presenting a program on wild fires. Photo by Bob Guiliani

Clare Fire Captain Chad Michels and Training Officer, Alan Zebrowski, thank Jeff Vasher and Steve Schummer from the DNR for presenting a program on wild fires.
Photo by Bob Guiliani

As spring approaches so does the concern for wild fires. Knowing this, Chad Michels arranged to have the DNR give a refresher course to the Clare Fire Department.  As with any fire, there are many considerations the fire department must give when responding to a fire.  Some of the decisions that must be made are: number of engines, command vehicle, emergency management, radio frequencies to use, staging area, structure protection, evacuation, hose lays, law enforcement, EMS, road closures, transmission lines, wind direction, gas lines, and many more.

Some measures the homeowner can do to reduce the risks of house fires are:
1. Keep your grass and weeds cut and clear of tall dry grass; water to keep grass and shrubs healthy and green.
2. Prevent rubbish such as old furniture, boxes, pallets, and dead vegetation from piling up around your house.
3. Prune and trim trees and shrubs of dead and low hanging branches.
4. Don’t stack firewood next to your home or any other structure.
5. Don’t allow leaves and needles to build up on your roof and gutters.
6. Don’t burn trash or rubbish on windy, dry days or close to flammable materials or structures.
7. In case family members are separated from one another during a brush fire, have a plan for getting back together.

Wednesday’s brush fire at ANT Treasurer on Mission Road (Old U.S. 27 south of Clare, was quickly extinguished by Clare firefighters. Photo by Teresa Wilcox

Wednesday’s brush fire at ANT Treasurer on Mission Road (Old U.S. 27 south of Clare, was quickly extinguished by Clare firefighters.
Photo by Teresa Wilcox

Remember to check with your local township for burning regulations.  Fire conditions and permits can be checked at:   http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits
Burning authorized by this permit is for yard rakings and brush ONLY. It does not relieve the responsible person(s) of liability for all damages resulting from the escape of the fire.

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